Festivals and carnivals

The more eccentric the festivals, the greater the fervour with which we embrace them. St George’s Day is celebrated at concerts and creative events around the country with parades, maypole dancing and thrilling enactments of St George slaying the dragon. May Day fêtes on village greens mark the start of summer. Be entertained by a Morris dancing troupe and the crowning of the May Queen. On Bonfire Night, join a parade through towns where effigies of the traitorous Guy Fawkes are held aloft and eventually burnt. Cheer as the fireworks light up the smoky November sky.

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Encounter Bristol's animated films at Encounters Film Festival

Encounter Bristol's animated films at Encounters Film Festival

'Encounters' is an internationally-renowned film festival held annually in Bristol, which showcases the work of short and animated film talent.

Location: Bristol

Arts and cultural events
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Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

Performing arts
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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Celebrate all things maritime, from mermaid dances to pirate treasure hunts, and test out your sea legs on historic vessels at the Bristol Harbour Festival.

Location: Bristol

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Enjoy the very best local produce Broadstairs Food Festival

Enjoy the very best local produce Broadstairs Food Festival

Fresh, local, award-winning produce and more. Simply delicious.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Regional specialities
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Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Get up to NewcastleGateshead and be inspired by a festival centred around art and creativity in children.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Performing arts
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Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

With its fine selection of food stalls, many of which offer local produce, Nottingham's Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival is a great place for foodies.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

The market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire plays host to the annual Beverley Folk Festival which recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Culture
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Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

Festivals and carnivals
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Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

With up to 40 races a day and more than 1,000 boats pulling into harbour, Cowes Week is the sailing spectacular event not to be missed.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

August events
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Experience York’s Literature Festival

Experience York’s Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Established in the 16th Century Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park must be one of the oldest picnic areas in the country.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Family
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Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Join the thousands of people each year at the world-famous Lyme Regis Fossil Festival celebrating millions of years of history.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

World heritage sites
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Be entertained at the Stratford River Festival

Be entertained at the Stratford River Festival

There’s tons of fun to be had at the Stratford River Festival, with live music, street entertainment and fireworks on the River Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Music and nightlife
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Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival

Whether you’re into clawing your way up mountains, sliding down them, jumping off the top - or just watching others do it - this gathering of adventure sports fans is a must.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Extreme Sports
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Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Take in some drag queen cabaret or chill out to some pumping tunes; whatever you decide to do at Bristol Pride, it won’t be boring.

Location: Bristol

Free
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Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Experience the timeless beauty of Durham City as you explore the traditional Durham Christmas festival this winter.

Location: Durham City, Durham

Festivals and carnivals
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Get creative with wood at The National Forest Wood Fair

Get creative with wood at The National Forest Wood Fair

Whatever can be done with wood, you’re likely to experience it at The National Forest Wood Fair, set in the stunning Beacon Hill Country Park.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Eyes to the skies at one of Europe’s biggest free Airshows

Eyes to the skies at one of Europe’s biggest free Airshows

Pack the picnic and visit the Sunderland International Airshow, for a fantastic weekend of fun and entertainment, both in the air and on the ground.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Events
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Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Culture

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